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Avian influenza: biosecurity measures key to protecting poultry farms

Strict enforcement of high levels of biosecurity measures is the most effective way to prevent the introduction of the highly pathogenic influenza virus A (H5N8) into poultry farms, says EFSA. EFSA experts have identified and ranked a set of biosecurity m ...

20 December 2016
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New outbreaks of avian influenza in Europe

New outbreaks of avian influenza have been reported among wild birds and poultry across Europe since the end of October 2016. The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 virus has been identified in Hungary, Poland, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Switze ...

16 November 2016
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Pesticides and bees: EFSA to update neonicotinoid assessments

EFSA is to update its assessments of the risks to bees posed by three neonicotinoid pesticides. The new evaluations of clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid were requested by the European Commission, which placed restrictions on the use of the subst ...

11 January 2016
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Small hive beetle: risk of spread assessed

The small hive beetle (SHB), a pest affecting honeybees, bumblebees and stingless bees that has been present in southern Italy since at least September 2014, could survive in all EU Member States and spread rapidly over large distances if infested hives a ...

15 December 2015
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Bees: EFSA tackles multiple stressors

Bees are under attack from many directions. Parasites, infectious agents, agro-chemicals and environmental changes are some of the stressors that are known to damage honeybee colonies. But how do these factors work in combination? And is it possible to de ...

25 June 2015
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H5N8 avian influenza: EFSA assesses entry routes into Europe

The precise route of introduction of the H5N8 virus into Europe still remains uncertain, says a scientific report of EFSA that has been generated in collaboration with Member States and the EU Reference Laboratory.  It is plausible that the virus has ente ...

15 December 2014
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Avian flu: urgent request for scientific advice

EFSA is assessing the current situation on the H5N8 avian influenza A virus in Europe and the world, following an urgent request from the European Commission. Experts are focussing on the possible entry routes of the virus into Europe- in particular on th ...

26 November 2014
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Call for European research network to address bee losses

Closer cooperation among EU agencies, Member States and researchers is urgently needed to improve understanding of how multiple stressors damage bee health. That is one of the conclusions of a report published today by EFSA, which also proposes that a cen ...

13 March 2014
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Pesticides and bees: EFSA finalises new guidance

EFSA has published guidance for assessing the potential risks to honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees from the use of pesticides. The previous EU risk assessment scheme for honey bees did not take full account of risks from chronic or repeat exposure ...

04 July 2013
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Bumble bee study does not affect neonicotinoid conclusions, EFSA says

EFSA has identified several weaknesses in a study, published by the UK Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), which suggested that neonicotinoid pesticides do not have a major effect on bumble bee colonies under field conditions. Given these weaknes ...

04 June 2013
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